Kolkata, July 7: The West Bengal government, headed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on Tuesday announced complete lockdown in all the designated COVID-19 containment zones across the state from July 9. The containment and buffer zones will be clubbed together to constitute a "broad-based" containment zone where a strict lockdown will remain imposed from 5 pm on July 9. The decision has been taken following the spike in the number of fresh Covid-19 cases. West Bengal Govt Directs COVID-19 Hospitals to Issue Death Certificates as Per Guidelines Set by ICMR.

"These broader containment zones may be subjected to strict lockdown and all offices, government and private, all non-essential activities, congregations, transportations and all marketing, industrial and trading activities be closed," an order issued by Additional Chief Secretary, Home, Alapan Bandyopadhyay said. Cop Succumbs to COVID-19 in West Bengal.

  • All government offices in containment zones will remain shut.
  • All privates offices in containment zones will be closed.
  • All educational institutes will remain shut in containment zones.
  • No religious places will open in containment zones.
  • No public movements will be allowed in all the market areas in containment zones.
  • Hospital and medical stores will remain open in containment zones.
  • Other emergence services such as fire brigade will remain functional.
  • Essential commodities will be home-delivered.

The West Bengal government has not mentioned how long the complete lockdown will last in containment zones. The current phase of state-wide lockdown, in force till July 31, was largely limited to containment zones alone. The state reported 850 new COVID-19 cases and 25 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 23,837 and death toll to 804 on Tuesday.

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